Daily Brief

April 21, 2021

Pinkish white tree blossom are in the forefront of image with blue skies and white clouds behind. The lower right corner features a peak of the top windows and the words Rohrbach Library of the building.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY; MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT HAWKINSON
Today is Administrative Professionals Day and I want to thank the many administrative professionals at our university for the wonderful service they provide to our students, faculty and staff. As we deal with this pandemic, it is important to recognize your contributions in helping us to fulfill our mission. As administrative professionals, you provide the fundamental attributes that give structure to the day, and you provide the frame to many actions. You are the foundation of your department or unit, the cog that holds the wheel together, the water that primes the well.

Especially on a college campus, the administrative professional is the one most likely to have the institutional history, experience and dedication to ensure the office runs smoothly. You are often selfless in your commitment to help students, supervisors, peers and others. As professionals, and caring people, you will rise up to face adversity and not hesitate to put in the extra effort to complete a task or project. This university is stronger because of the good work you do. Thank you, for all you do for Kutztown University.
     Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President

Rectangular image: on the left on gold background are the words: Giuliana Simmens, Research Projects, Nominated by Dr. George Sirrakos and Dr. Erin Krall, Secondary Education / Physical Sciences. The right of the image is maroon background with an image of a copper medallion in the upper left corner and a square headshot image of Simmens on the right.

CHAMBLISS COPPER MEDAL: GIULIANA SIMMENS
Giuliana Simmens is an environmental science major with a focus in geology and education minor, graduating in May from Princeton Junction, N.J. She is awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Copper Medal in the category of successfully completed research project. Simmens spent three years as an undergraduate research assistant to assist on a National Science Foundation grant to explore the impact of student-produced audio narratives in introductory level geoscience courses. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

The rolling terrain of Hawk Mountain and blue skies with a few clouds serve as background for students. Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Nicole Johnson, Alyssa Ruffo, Jenna Haskins, Chinonyerem Enwereji, Madelyn Hight, Courtney Kirshner, Mallory Schmidt

HAWK MOUNTAIN AND KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
Students in the Special Education Program on Visual Impairments spent April 13 at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary training staff on how to properly guide a person who is blind that visits Hawk Mountain. The students also Brailled all signage along the accessible trail and gave input to the board on accessibility of the trails.
     Nicole Johnson, Department of Special Education

Pictured l to r: Dr. Nicole Johnson, Alyssa Ruffo, Jenna Haskins, Chinonyerem Enwereji, Madelyn Hight, Courtney Kirshner, Mallory Schmidt

WEATHER

Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger

Unsettled day and a tale of two seasons. We'll start the day in the 50s, rise to the 60s by lunchtime with some scattered showers and a thunderstorm, then fall to the 40s with wind chills in the 30s by the end of the day behind a strong cold front which will cross the area between early to midafternoon. Watch for a possible strong line of gusty thunderstorms coming through the area around 1-3 p.m., with the storms possibly containing strong straight-line winds and hail. Winds will switch to the west behind the front after starting the day from the south, gusting to as high as 35 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

KU INSPIRES HAPPENS TODAY
Join us for an inspirational day of undergraduate research as we celebrate our inaugural KU Inspires, A Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity. An in-person kick-off and student panel starts at 8:45 a.m., in 183 McFarland Student Union, with Dr. Hawkinson offering opening remarks. Virtual panels will follow for the remainder of the day featuring student researchers from across colleges and from a range of academic programs. Click here for the full conference program including Zoom links https://docs.google.com/document/u/2/d/e/2PACX-
     Lynn Kutch, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and Creativity

ICC CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY OPEN FORUM
The Institutional Climate Committee will hold three open forums to present a summary, analysis, and lead an open discussion of the data from the student, staff and faculty “Culturally Engaging Campus Climates” surveys.
- Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m. to noon, via Zoom.
- Monday, April 26, 3-4 p.m.
- Thursday, April 29, 3-4 p.m.
All are invited. Please see the ICC website to preview our Executive Summary.
     Christopher Weiler, Institutional Climate Committee

OPEN DISCUSSION ON GENERAL EDUCATION SLO 6

Please join the General Education Assessment Committee and the General Education Committee for a discussion of General Education Student Learning Outcome 6, "Analyze the role of values, ethics, diversity, and multiple perspectives in local and global society," 3 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Results from the recently-published GEAC report on this SLO will be shared. Please see the GEAC website to read the report. Join via Zoom.
      Karen Rauch, GEAC Member

FIRST DESTINATION CAREER OUTCOMES SURVEY
Faculty and staff please remind graduating students to complete their First Destination Career Outcomes Survey in Handshake before graduation (and again at three and six months). Employer and graduate school information is shared with academic departments for your use and benefit.
      Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

April 21

8:45-10 a.m.

KU Inspires!
183 McFarland Student Union

April 21

10 a.m.

KU Inspires!
Virtual

April 21

Noon

Blood Drive
Register

April 21

1 p.m.

Jennifer Marshall, LSW, dissertation defense
Zoom Meeting ID: 844 2677 6666 Passcode: 6V39fk

April 21

4 p.m.

Visiting Artist Tip Toland demonstration
Zoom

April 21

4:30 p.m.

Chambliss Award Lecture: Dr. A. Fu
Zoom

April 21

7 p.m.

State System Startup Challenge 2021
Zoom

April 22

11 a.m.

Open Forum: Culturally Engaging Campus Climates Zoom

April 22

11 a.m.

CET: “Financial Education for FYS Courses”
Zoom

April 22

11 a.m.

University Curriculum Committee Meeting
Zoom

April 22

11 a.m.

Philosophy Club Meeting
Zoom

April 22

1 p.m.

Visiting Artist Tip Toland lecture
Zoom

April 22

3 p.m.

Open Discussion on General Education SLO 6
Zoom

April 22

7 p.m.

Author A. S. King
Register

April 23

6 p.m.

KU Presents!
Schaeffer Lawn - rear

April 25

3 p.m.

2021 Out of the Darkness Campus Walk
Register

April 26

3 p.m.

ICC Campus Climate Survey Open Forum
Zoom

April 27

11 a.m.

FDI April 2021 Discussion Given by James Jackson
Zoom

April 27

4 p.m.

UGRC Faculty Mentorship Awards Ceremony
101 Academic Forum, Zoom

Date

Time

Event

April 23

1 p.m.

SB vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

April 24

noon

BB vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETIC CLUB VIRTUAL 5K
Dust off those sneakers and get ready to move in support of KU Athletics. Run, walk or bike anytime between April 17-24. Current students receive a discount. https://www.classy.org/event/2021-golden-bear-athletic-club-5k-event/e332501
     Jillian Lovejoy, Kutztown University Foundation

HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVE EMAILS FOR ANY SITUATION
Your emails need to build relationships, inspire people and encourage them to act. That’s why in our one-hour webinar you’ll learn email writing tips that will save time and make your emails more effective. Led by Constant Contact expert Dawn Wivell, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, live online meeting. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27772
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

PHILOSOPHY CLUB MEETING
The KU Philosophy Club will meet 11 a.m., Thursday, April 22, via Zoom, with a discussion on: Mental Objects; Are there any satisfactory criteria for being a mental object? Yes.
     Henry Winkleman and Allan Bäck, Philosophy Club

APSCUF STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for the APSCUF undergraduate scholarship has been extended to Friday, April 23. Recipients of the scholarships will be determined on the basis of their participation in campus service and solidarity activities as well as academic record. Please refer to the Kutztown University APSCUF website for more information.
      Andrew Mashintonio, Department of Biology

FDI APRIL 2021 DISCUSSION GIVEN BY JAMES JACKSON
The Frederick Douglass Institute presents the April 2021 discussion: "The Influence of Freemasonry in Forming Black Racial Identity: A Cultural and Historical Perspective," given by Dr. James Jackson, 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 27, via Zoom. Please join us for our final discussion for the 2020-2021 academic year.
      Kim Shively, Frederick Douglass Institute

FDI ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MUSIC COMPOSITION WINNERS
The Frederick Douglass Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the "Celebrating Black Female Composers" Music Composition Contest for 2020-21:
– First prize goes to Aaron Springer.
– Second prize to the Center City Drive Band.
– Third prize to Khalid Akeel-Guiden.
– Honorable mentions for Jodi Dorsett and Ishmail Ebo.
– High school prize winner is Anna Gutzler (Wilson H.S.).
Normally, there is a concert to celebrate the musicians and their works, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are presenting links to their compositions through the FDI website. Congratulations to all the winners.
     Kim Shively, Frederick Douglass Institute

CET SPRING PRESENTATION
The CET is pleased to offer the spring session "Financial Education for FYS Courses," presented by Dr. Peg Speirs along with Ms. Kelly Ann Ryan from PSECU's KU Financial Education Center, 11 a.m., Thursday, April 22. This CET presentation can be accessed through the Zoom link https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/390059274. Everyone is welcome. Participation certificates will be provided. Hope to see you then.
     Yun (Amy) Lu, The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching

UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
The University Curriculum Committee will meet 11 a.m., Thursday, April 22, via Zoom. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91950007023. A meeting password is required to attend. Please contact Lisa Brennan at brennan@kutztown.edu for the password.
     Lisa Brennen, University Curriculum Committee

POST YOUR WELCOME WEEKEND/WEEK EVENT
Planning for the fall 2021 Welcome Weekend/Week is underway. If your department plans to host an event for new students between Aug. 28 and Sept. 11, consider adding this to your schedule. Deadline for submission is May 1. For more information email Lisa Grabowski, grabowsk@kutztown.edu.  https://www.kutztown.edu/orientation
     Lisa Grabowski, New Student Orientation

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
These are the non-instructional positions open on our online job board at http://employment.kutztown.edu (Menu to OOC postings):
     Jeanette Forster, Office of Human Resources

Job Number

Job Title

Job Term

Advertise To

2021-0029

NEW- Associate Director of Housing and Dining

Full Time

5/2/21

2021-0027

NEW- Assistant to the Sr Associate Dean & Chief Diversity Officer

Full Time

5/2/21

2021-0025

New Student Orientation/Veterans Services Secretary (internal)

Full Time

4/26/21

2021-0024

Assistant Director, DSO - Assistive and Computer Technologies

Full Time

5/2/21

2021-0006

Assistant Director Facilities Energy Services and Utilities

Full Time

Continuous

Custodial Pool

2020-21 Custodial Worker 1 Pool

Full Time

Continuous

Clerical Pool

2020-21 Clerical Pool

Full Time

Continuous

Asst Coaches

2021 Assistant Athletic Coaches

Temp PT

5/31/21

OOC2021-003

SAP Business Analyst for Human Resources/Payroll

Full Time

4/25/21

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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Non-discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.